Atlanta Regains Class 2 ISO Rating; Effects Will Be Felt in Insurance Premiums
Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Sonji Jacobs, Director
Janet Ward, Public Relations Manager
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 08/30/13
City Regains Class 2 ISO Rating
ATLANTA - Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that the City has regained its Class 2 ISO rating. The rating, provided by Insurance Services Office, can affect the cost of homeowners’ insurance, with a lower rating meaning lower premiums. Insurance companies have 90 days to respond to the lowered rating, meaning that homeowners could begin to see changes in their insurance costs in December.
Atlanta’s ISO rating dropped to Class 3 after the ISO’s 2009 Public Protection Classification (PPC) survey. The City’s score increased by more than 10 points, from 71.09 to 81.97, since that time.
“I congratulate Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran and the Fire Rescue Department and the Watershed Management Department for the work they did to help Atlanta regain its Class 2 rating,” Mayor Reed said. “The rating reflects the importance the City of Atlanta places on keeping its residents safe.”
The rating is based on four factors – the City’s ability to receive and respond to fire alarms; the fire department’s first-alarm response and initial attack capabilities; the water supply system; and divergence, which is defined as the disparity between the effectiveness of the fire department and water supply scores.
“This rating is a tribute to a number of factors, including increased staffing levels and company-level training, improved fleet maintenance, enhanced water supply and emergency communications,” Chief Cochran said. “And this is all a tribute to the support we have gotten from the Mayor.”
The ISO is a leading source of information about insurance risk that gauges the fire protection capability of local fire departments to respond to structure fires. The ISO collects information on a community’s public fire protection and analyzes the data using its Fire Suppression Rating Schedule. It then assigns a rating from 1 to 10, with Class 1 representing the best public protection and Class 10 indicating no recognized protection. Besides the potential effect on insurance premiums, PPC data are useful in strategic planning, budgeting and justifying fire protection improvements.
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